Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 can be understood as the full integration and digitalization of the industrial value creation in a company.
It is important to understand Industry 4.0 is about transforming the whole company including its business model not just about technology.

The Building Blocks of Industry 4.0


High skilled, motivated, performing and integrated Organization is an essential part of Industry 4.0. Change Management is an important part of the journey towards Industry 4.0 organization.


Harmonized, simplified, fully integrated and automated processes are a key Building Block for Industry 4.0 conformity. Not only manufacturing processes but inclusive of all supporting and administration processes.

Suppliers, Regulators, Authorities and Customer need to be integrated.


Technology is the enabling factor to connect the systems on the Production Floor (PLC) with the Manufacturing Operational Management Systems (MES) and the Commercial Systems (ERP). It is recommended to setup the Technology according ANSI/ISA 88/95 International Standard for enterprise and control systems integration for manufacturers.

The Technology has to ensure the data flow bidirectional across all layers of the ANSI/ISA 88/95 Pyramid.

At Level 1 and 2 the data is processed as raw data in real-time at the process equipment.

Consolidated RAW data from level 2 is exchanged with the Manufacturing Operational Management Systems. At Level 3 and above real-time data processing is not required.

The data exchange between Level 3 and Level 4 is managed by industrial standard such as EDI, API or function calls, Web services, XML container or other technologies.

The challenge is the data exchange of RAW data between Layer 1, 2 and 3. Here no standard is available and an uncountable number of proprietary protocols and interfaces are implemented by the equipment and machine manufacturer.

This is where RAW-Link® has its unique strength. RAW-Link® act as a Gateway between Layer 1 or 2 and 3. RAW-Link® is capable to connect to many different proprietary systems physically, collect the data in various formats. RAW-Link® then translate the different data into a common format the user can self-define and deliver it via standard physical connection to the MOM System at Layer 3.

Connection made Simple between Layer 1 or 2 and Layer 3 with RAW-Link®.


RAW Smart Solutions offers consulting services across all layers of the Automation Pyramid.

RAW Smart Solutions offers professional consulting services for:

  • Management Consulting
  • Process Consulting
  • Technology Consulting
  • Change Management

Employees of RAW Smart Solutions are international experts with many years of experience in the different domains of Industry 4.0.

The international experts of RAW Smart Solutions offer professional consulting services a client can engage to develop concepts for all building blocks of Industry 4.0. In addition, RAW Smart Solution experts can guide the partners during the implementation. RAW Smart Solutions work together with highly regarded partners on improving and implementing ERP systems, MOM Systems such as MES or PIMS. RAW Smart Solutions can also advice on the implementation of high available and secured IT Infrastructure as required for the backbone of Industry 4.0 or IIoT.